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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Putting a Fine Point On It (photo)

Putting a Fine Point On It

Twelve years ago, Paul Verhoeven, ever the cynical prankster, turned Robert A. Heinlein’s jingoistic ’50s sci-fi novel “Starship Troopers” into a plug-ugly satire of homicidal xenophobia, making his whitebread human “heroes” even more grotesque than the giant insectoid creatures they regularly slaughtered. Trouble was, mainstream America didn’t really get the sick joke, even when Neil […]

Venice 2008 lines up.

The 65th Venice Film Festival announced its line-up today — among the juicy offerings are the new Darren Aronofsky film “The Wrestler,” with Mickey Rourke playing Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a retired pro wrestler struggling to get back into the ring; Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq drama “The Hurt Locker”; Takeshi Kitano’s comedy “Achilles and the Tortoise”; […]